Middle School is a time of uncertainty and identity exploration for many young people, in many ways. AMAZE is a website that can help families start the conversation around healthy sexual development for all young people. More info, Less weird. . .
AMAZE envisions a world that recognizes child and adolescent sexual development as natural and healthy, a world in which young people everywhere are supported and affirmed and the adults in their lives communicate openly and honestly with them about puberty, reproduction, relationships, sex and sexuality. In such a world, young people across the globe would have access to the information and support they need to develop into sexually healthy adults. Website: https://amaze.org/
Ozone House is the "IT" place for youth ages 10-20 and their families to access help for a variety of issues! Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. Since 1969, Ozone House has actively developed unique, high-quality housing and support programs and services that provide support, intervention, training, and assistance to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families. Through these support services, we help youth develop essential life skills, improve their relationships, and enhance their self-image so that they may realize their full potential for growth and happiness.
Call the O3 Crisis line (734) 662-2222. Trained volunteers are available to talk any day, any time (24/7/365)
Neutral Zone - Riot Youth!
Engage in a youth-run, safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies. Through leadership skill building, community organizing, networking and socializing, Riot Youth connects youth to build an inclusive community.
Riot Youth draws from throughout Washtenaw County and beyond. All LGBTQQ and allied youth are welcome. Please join us!
Times: Friday, 4-6 p.m. Contact: Jonah Thompson
Jim Toy Community Center Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Ally Community of Washtenaw County for over 25 years. The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. JTCC welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities. Website: https://www.jimtoycenter.org/about-jim-toy
The Trevor Project Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
GLESN GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are. We want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. Website: https://www.glsen.org/
The It Gets Better Project The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone. Website: https://itgetsbetter.org/about/
CampOUT! CampOut provides a total summer camp experience where fun and adventure can be had, skills can be developed and life-long friendships can be forged. All attendees will be able to participate in over 30 land and water activities; everything from water skiiing, paddle boarding and sailing to rock climbing, archery, tennis and crafts. Each activity is overseen and instructed by experts in their areas from all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Spacious, modern cabins with electricity and indoor plumbing can be privately reserved or shared with friends or another family. Healthy and delicious meals are served in the modern mess hall, which offers a salad and pasta bar with most meals. Some food allergies/requests can be accommodated. Adult programming is offered from 9 p.m. – midnight each night with babysitting services available at an additional fee. CampOut’s mission is to provide a nurturing and carefree space for LGBT families to experience the magic of summer camp together Website: http://www.lwcgwc.com/camp-out/